Most careers are hard to start as a teenager. Many careers require a college degree to begin. But modeling jobs for teenagers are readily available. Modeling is a career where getting started young is encouraged. Modeling jobs tend to pay very well too. It’s a beautiful thing isn’t it? The following article lists 7 modeling jobs which are perfect for teenagers. Any of them of these jobs can lead to bigger and better things. Each great journey starts with a first step…

1. Brand Ambassadors

Do you have a friendly and outgoing personality? If so, becoming a brand ambassador is perfect for you. What is a brand ambassador? A brand ambassador is someone who is hired to represent a brand in a positive light and therefore bring awareness and build trust with customers. Groups of people are hired to represent different brands like Pepsi, Taco Bell, Samsung and more often at events, music festivals, sports games, trade shows, large parties, etc.

Brand ambassadors get paid between $15 per hour and $50 per hour. You actually don’t work for the brands themselves. Third-party marketing agencies will hire you and assign you to a brand. The simplest way to get hired is to use Facebook, Craigslist and staffing agencies themselves.

This is definitely a great starting job to get yourself into the modeling industry. And don’t forget you can have fun, get free swag and meet other cool people while you work! Click here to read the ultimate step-by-step guide to becoming a brand ambassador.

2. Modeling Halloween Costumes

Many Halloween stores need models for their costumes. Look for area Halloween stores who need models for print ads, TV ads or pictures for their website. This can be a pretty fun gig as well since you get to turn into all sorts of crazy characters for a day. By the end of the day, you’ll probably feel weird dressing like a regular human again.

3. Be Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause or an Elf

Is this the most glamorous modeling job? Probably not. But who doesn’t love getting involved in the Christmas cheer? Look at becoming a Santa Clause, Mrs. Clause or an elf. Having this on your resume also looks good for babysitting jobs as it shows you’re good with kids and don’t get stressed easily. Look for ads in newspapers, on Craigslist and at local malls. Make sure to apply early since this type of role is demanding. It’ll take training and wardrobe fitting weeks in advance.

4. Department Store Modeling

Department stores typically have fashion shows and mall events throughout the year. They need local models. You can model for their teen section and if you look younger than you are, you can model young departments as well. If you look older, you can model adult wear as well.

5. Sell Your Pictures Online

I know what you’re thinking. And yes, you can sell your photos to perverts on Craigslist. But let’s not go down that road. While it may be a quick way to make a buck, it isn’t going to be the gig that jump starts your career. If you want to get noticed, you’ve got to get your picture in front of as many people as possible – not just one man in his basement.

There are a lot of places online which accept pictures from anyone – regardless of age. When someone uses the image, you receive a ‘royalty’ of somewhere in the neighborhood of 30%. This is how many people today get their start as professional photographers.

Getting started selling is simple. Get dressed up, get a friend, use a quality camera and begin shooting. Take the shots you like and upload post them to any of the following sites which you like:

  • iStock Photo
  • SmugMug
  • Alamy
  • Stockxpert
  • Dreamstime
  • PhotoShelter
  • Crestock
  • Zenfolio
  • Can Stock Photo
  • 123RF
  • Shutterstock
  • Fotolia

6. Be an Entrepreneur

This modeling job is not for the faint of heart. It requires you to actively pursue clients. With that said, it can be extremely lucrative and lead to amazing future prospects. Of all the jobs mentioned above, this is likely to have the greatest impact on your bank account.

What you want to do is to approach a business that’s selling something. It doesn’t matter what, as long as it’s tangible. Email the person in charge of marketing. In this email, make a pitch about why the company would want to hire you. Say you can model for product pictures, TV commercials, give product testimonies, be part of a focus group, etc. Let them know they have a need for you. Include pictures of yourself. Also include your stats like height, weight, etc.

Being an entrepreneur opens many doors for teenagers looking to model. Not only do the jobs teach you to look good, you also begin to understand the business. You’ll never be taken advantage of by any modeling agency in the future. You’ll be too savvy.

7. Rent Yourself as a Friend

I’m not talking about escorts here. Although you must be 18 to do this gig. Sites like allow you to put yourself up for rent.

Some people have a hard time finding friends. These same people are looking to hire a friend. As a friend, you can be hired to introduce them to new people, being their workout partner, going to a wedding with them, going to a party with them, showing them around a new city, going to a movie, etc. The starting pay is $10 per hour.

Although this isn’t a typical modeling job for a teenager, it can be a fun money maker. It may also put you in front of the right people. It’s also great for boosting your self-confidence. After all, someone thinks you’re the perfect person to help them.

There Are Plenty of Modeling Jobs for Teenagers

There are plenty of modeling jobs for teens – if you’re willing to get creative. Once you get started, you can work your way up to making $10,000-$15,000 per day being a professional model. You never know what can happen. I knew a girl who was discovered when she was walking through a mall. A modeling talent scout told her to give her a call sometime. The rest is history. I also know a guy who was trying on pants at a store in the mall and was offered a job then and there. Make sure to put yourself out there. Good luck!